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Street Collections

Charitable collection licence for street collections

Street collection permits are issued under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act.

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable purposes in any street or public place you must obtain a permit.

Before applying

Before applying for a street collection permit please call to provisionally book a time and place:

For collections in Bracknell Forest please contact Licensing@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

For collections in West Berkshire please call 01635 519184.

To apply for a street collection permit, you will need to:

  • submit your application at least one month before your proposed collection date
  • include either the constitution of the charity you are collecting for, or a letter of consent from them authorising your collection and
  • ell us where you want to carry out your collection.

Permission from the landowner, shopping centre or other privately owned area may also be required.

Completed applications

Completed application forms must be supplied to the relevant council:

Bracknell Forest: Apply online 

West Berkshire: Licensing, Council Offices, Market St, Newbury, RG14 5LD or scanned and emailed to Licensing@westberks.gov.uk

There is no cost for the issuing of consent.

Following a collection a return form must also be completed and submitted to the relevant council.


Local Government Act 1972

Police, Factories, & c. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916

Associated documents

West Berkshire